CYCLING THE CAMINO: PORTUGUESE WAY FROM OPORTO – COASTAL WAY (250 kms)
This modality is ideal if you are thinking of making the way in a journey that covers a considerable amount of kilometers, and you do not have enough days to do it on foot. In addition to the comfort and speed that the bicycle can provide, one of the differentiating points if you decide to do so, will be freedom of movement. Going by bicycle gives you the opportunity to make small detours during each stage, to know places of singular interest and to add good experiences to your way.
The Portuguese Way combines magic, tradition and history. It is the second busiest pilgrimage route to Santiago, after the French Way. Thanks to the favorability of its terrain, it is a much more bearable Way to do by bicycle, since there is no need to save great unevenness. To do this route, we are presented with two options at the crossroads from Portugal to Galicia: continue the route along the coast or inland through Tui. Once again, both routes will come together again in Rendondela.
Arrival in Oporto
Porto is the second most populated city in Portugal, with approximately 1,700,000 inhabitants. Truly this city, which houses a large number of Portuguese heritage sites and cultural heritages, deserves more time than a single day, but we are going to try to show you the points you should not miss if you only have one day to dedicate to it.
We recommend that you arrive in the city in the morning, leave things in your accommodation and go out into the street. You can start your route at Avenida de los Aliados, the heart of the city, a badge for the people of Porto and a meeting place and a multitude of cultural events. Drop by Praza da Liberdade and walk to the famous and beautiful Librería Lello e Irmão. Subsequently and immediately next door, it is obligatory that you visit the Tower of the Clerics.
For a snack we recommend to try the famous French girls and for dessert, a cream cake. After lunch you can go down for a walk towards the Ribeira, passing by the São Bento station and the Cathedral. Oporto is a wonderful city to get lost in the streets of its monumental area… cobblestones, tiles, colours, wine, culture and tradition come together in its narrow streets.
Oporto – Póvoa de Varzim
Póvoa de Varzim is a perfect stop to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach in its large sands. One of the iconic places of this population is its aqueduct, declared National Monument. Of great cultural interest are also, the Fortress of Our Lady of Conception, the Church of Mercy and the Chapel of Santiago.
You cannot miss the traditional Barrio dos pescadores, Paseo Alegre and Rúa da Junqueira, appreciating the beautiful tiles of Manueline architecture and enjoying the rich local gastronomy: fresh fish; and for the most carnivorous, the famous picaña.
Póvoa de Varzim – Viana do Castelo
In this stage we set course for Viana do Castelo, as main points of stage will pass through Esposende and the Church of San Bartolomé do Mar. With its seafaring roots, Viana do Castelo will be the perfect place to enjoy a good codfish, a food closely associated with Portuguese gastronomy.
If you get lost in its historic centre, you will reach the Praça da República, where you will be able to see the Misericordia building and the chafariz (fountain), built in the 16th century; also in this square, you will be able to see the Casa Consistorial (Town Hall).
As far as religious buildings are concerned, you should visit the Romanesque cathedral and the Church of the Agony, also known as the city of gold filigree, this city offers you cultural plans, visits to the Costume Museum, Chocolate Museum, Museum of Art and Archaeology, or the Gil Eanes Ship.
Viana do Castelo – A Guarda
During this day we will leave Portugal to finally enter Galicia. We will pass through Vilapraia de Áncora and Caminha, and then follow the Miño upstream to Vilanova de Cerveira, where we will cross Galicia through Goián. We will continue towards the mouth of the Miño until arriving at A Guarda. This small mariñeira village is located in a privileged natural environment, the majestic estuary formed by the Miño at its mouth.
The panoramic view of this visual spectacle is a must, where the river joins the sea, from the highest point of Monte de Santa Tegra. Perhaps the Monte de Santa Tegra is the most recommendable place to visit, due to its views and its well-preserved Celtic forts. Once in the centre of the village, you can stroll around the port and taste some of the local gastronomy, especially fish and seafood.
A Guarda – Baiona
We will take the road to Baiona, passing by the spectacular rocky coast of Oia. Situated in the southern part of the Rías Baixas, its old quarter was declared a Site of Historical and Artistic Interest. Of great interest is its historical relationship with the discovery of America, after the arrival of the Carabela Pinta to its waters. Today you can visit the Pinta, moored at the city’s quay.
Also impressive is the continuation of the promenade to the fortress of Monterreal, which borders the small tombolo that sprouts from the city. If you have time and desire we recommend you also visit the Virgin of the Rock, is a spectacular construction of a virgin, who holds in her lap a boat, which you can climb to contemplate an impressive panoramic view of Baiona and the coast.
Baiona – Redondela
We continue ascending the Galician coastline to reach Redondela this time, passing through Vigo as the main point of the day. Redondela is a place of ancient population, surrounded by spaces full of history, magic and symbolism. From sites belonging to the Bronze Age, to remains of castrexa occupation, such as Castro da Peneda or Castro de Negros, to places full of thousands of experiences and historical events such as the Island of San Simón and the Strait of Rande.
In the city itself, the church of Santiago Apóstol, dating from the 12th century, and the Pazo de Agrelo, dating from the 18th century, stand out. And, without a doubt, two iconic things about this town are its viaducts, which cross the city, and its famous summer carnival, known throughout Galicia.
Redondela – Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis is considered one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia. A place that dates back to prehistoric times, it is currently a place widely visited for the medical properties of its thermal waters. In fact, one of the main attractions of the city is the water route, a circular route 9 km long in which you can see waterfalls and natural spaces bathed by water.
As for its architectural heritage, the churches of Santa María de Caldas, Santo Tomás and San Andrés de César stand out. And of course, a visit to the Botanical Garden Park, declared a Picturesque Site and Historical Garden, is a must.
Caldas de Reis – Santiago de Compostela
And finally, the final stretch, in this stage you will undertake the last pedaleada before arriving at Santiago de Compostela. This stretch will be more relaxed and you will be able to enjoy the landscapes and the surroundings much more. The point of passage of the most relevant stage will be Padrón, where you will have to stop to visit the famous Pedrón in the Church of Santiago and the Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia at the exit of the village. You will enter Compostela through the southern part of the city, enjoy and let yourself be taken to your last and longed-for stop, the Plaza del Obradoiro.
You are in Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having stamped your credential in each stage and having collected your Compostela, after all the effort, now it will be time to enjoy the city, you have earned it to pulse.
We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historic quarter, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liqueurs, among a thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
And here would end our work, with which we would hope to have managed to bring to your life an experience to remember. Good way! *After leaving the accommodation, end of service.
*NOTE: from Redondela, the Portuguese Way along the coast, joins the interior.
If you are interested in continuing along the cut-out Galician coast, we recommend that you consider the possibility of doing this last stretch of the Way by the Spiritual Way.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 9 days / 8 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Single room supplement: 155 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 35 € pax double room / 55 € pax single room
- Breakfast: 65 €/pax
- Half Board: 215 €/pax
- Electric Bike rental: 345€
- Mountain Bike rental 27”: 235€
- Mountain Bike rental 29”: 275€
- 350 € pax in private shelters
- 495 € pax in hotels/guesthouses/rural accommodation
For this itinerary we offer accommodation in private shelters or double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation.
Private shelters 350€
Hostels and hotels 495€
* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.
Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation
The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.
* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.
Alojamiento en Hostales, hoteles y alojamientos rurales
El alojamiento en Hostales o Pensiones cuenta con habitaciones dobles, triples o cuádruples, siempre con baño privado. Son habitaciones sencillas,confortables y sin grandes lujos, pero muy acogedoras, ideales para dormir y descansar.
*En el caso de una reserva individual tendría un suplemento.